Fun Mountain

City/Town: Mountain Home
Location Class: CommercialAmusement
Year Built: 1974
Year Abandoned: 1990's
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: Michael SchwarzEddy Sisson

old-fun-mountainMountain Home, Arkansas’ Fun Mountain was a favorite among locals for its unique atmosphere and attractions. Known for its water slides and outdoor ski-ball, Fun Mountain became a frequent weekend hot spot for entire families in the area. Despite its apparent popularity and several testimonials recalling fond memories of the place, Fun Mountain struggled financially since its inception.

In 1976, construction on the “Amusement Center” was spearheaded by Kenneth Martin, a man from Mountain Home with a dream of bringing an outdoor family amusement park to the small Arkansas town. While it was received very well by the locals, the area was just too small to support such an ambitious endeavor; as a result, Fun Mountain closed and reopened at least three times between 1976 and 1999.

FUN MOUNTAINToday the main building is burned down leaving few remnants of its history behind. Many of the attractions are still there, though they are mostly decrepit and run down. The water slides are filled mostly with a brown, swamp-like water and the roots of the surrounding trees are beginning to climb down the walls of the pools. Much of the outlying area has been raided and much of the remaining buildings are covered in graffiti.

Without any plans to demolish or renovate Fun Mountain, the only one with a season pass to this amusement park is mother nature.

Article written by Wells Thompson – AAR staff

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  1. I had a blast here when I was a kid! I remember you could buy an arm band and ride whatever you wanted all day. I heard part of it burnt down years ago.

  2. My older sister worked here and I got to spend a lot of time here durning my summers. I live a couple of miles from it now. I would love to be able to reopen it but I couldn’t imagine how much money and work that would take.

  3. We stopped there a few times when we used to vacation in Mt. Home back in the 80s and 90s. I remember the water slide skinning up elbows and knees. Last time I was there me and my cousins rode the bigfoot power wheels.

  4. I owned property just east of tit about a 1/4 mile. I heard there was a lawsuit against the owners because of an injury. Don't know how it turned out. I do know there was a bad fire that destroyed most of it. Sad to see it go.

  5. Leann Foreman on

    I loved fun mountain as a kid!! I actually found this trying to pull up pictures to show my kids….I wish someone would re open it mountain home is a lot bigger now then it was then I bet it would do really good now ..I thought it did back then too though. Either way it’s sad to see after all the memories I have there as a child with my parents and sibling.

  6. It opened in the 1980s. My folks owned the Woodlawn Court Motel that was formerly on the property. They sold it to the Fun Mountain developers.

  7. The days that the Water Whip and Fun Mountain closed (separately), were sad, sad days for Mountain Home children and the parents who dropped their kids off for a few hours of kid-free time.

  8. I have great memories of fun mountain also. So sad. Any idea who is in the picture at the top of the article. Where did it come from?

  9. What memories! I was one of the very first life guards hired for the park in 1986. We had some fun times! Sad it didn't make it.

  10. My Family started Fun Mountain…. it is sad…. your article is pretty accurate except for the date it was built. It was NOT in the 70s. It opened in 1986. Thank you for the pics.

    • Jennifer Brown on

      My brother worked there for a while and I went there as a regular customer myself. I remember one night when someone decided to pour bubble in the water and everything was sooo slippery. My brother told me it damaged the pump and the owner was very upset about it. Just a few weeks ago I was interested in purchasing the property and restoring it and expanding it, and the assessor gave me the phone number of the person who now owns it; however, I cannot get in touch with that person. If you know anything about getting a hold of the owner please let me know.

  11. It's sad to see a place, that holds so many childhood memories, taken back by nature. Fun Mountain was a very big part of my summers, at the lake, with my family during the 80's. We always had so much fun. Thank you, Abandoned Arkansas, for the pictures 🙂

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